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Wake Co. Sheriff promotes women to top positions
Published Thursday, February 13, 2020
by Lori D.R. Wiggins, Correspondent

RALEIGH – Two female Wake County deputies made history this month when Sheriff Gerald Baker announced their promotions to positions never before held by women.

Baker shared the news during a State of the Sheriff address to outline accomplishments in his first year on the job. Among them: the most diverse leadership team in 16 years; deputy training underway for the upcoming launch of body cameras; erasing a backlog of 5,000 gun permit applications; new chase policies; and solved murders and drug cases.

Baker first highlighted the promotions of Maj. Karen Battle to head the Patrol Division, and Master Deputy Latasha Bromell to join the Special Operations Tactical Response Team as examples of the strides in diversity he’s made leading county law enforcement.

“This office is more diverse than it has ever been,” Baker said. “It’s our duty as sheriff and officers to be in a position to serve all citizens in the diverse community of Wake County that we serve, regardless of where you come from. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in the past year.”

In announcing the promotions, Baker said, “We decided to break the glass ceiling.”

Baker said the Sheriff’s Office never has had a void of women and other minorities who are and have been capable and qualified to hold all positions, but they haven’t been given an opportunity to rise through the ranks. Both women already are serving in their new posts.

Baker said the achievements align with his campaign promise to bring integrity, accountability, transparency, consistency, and diversity to the job to “transform it into an agency that serves.”

In addition, Baker, who has been criticized for his decision not to participate in a federal immigration, championed efforts since he was elected to better connect with the communities throughout Wake County. In doing so, he said, his department remains committed to making strides in connecting with various communities through churches, community centers and parks.



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